Pulitzer-winning play on local stage

May 18, 2006|by JULIE E. GREENE

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. - There are no car chases or special effects in "Proof."

It's a story written as a play for the stage, though it was made into a movie starring Anthony Hopkins and Gwyneth Paltrow.

The 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning drama by David Auburn opens Friday night at Old Opera House in Charles Town.

"Proof" is about a troubled young woman who had cared for her brilliant, but unstable mathematician father. After his death, she and a former student develop a romance and find a mysterious notebook that leads her, Catherine, to question how much of her father's madness - or genius - she will inherit.

"It's just so intense emotionally," says Michael Saunders, director for this production. "It's a great drama with some light moments, elements of humor, deceit, hate and love."


"Proof" is a modern play with adult subject matter and language, so the Old Opera House Theatre Company is recommending it only for adults.

"I want everybody to come to the theater with an open mind and expect a great evening of live entertainment," Saunders says.

If you go ...

WHAT: "Proof," a Pulitzer-winning drama by David Auburn

WHEN: 8 p.m. Fridays, May 19 and May 26, and Saturdays, May 20 and May 27; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, May 21 and May 28

WHERE: Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va.

COST: $15, adults; $12, matinees. The Old Opera House Theatre Company is recommending the play for adults only due to strong language.

DIRECTIONS: From Hagerstown, take Alternate U.S. 40 to Md. 67. Merge onto U.S. 340 west toward Charles Town. Turn right onto North George Street. The theater will be one block down on the left. Parking is behind the theater or along the street.

MORE: For more information or to reserve tickets, call 1-888-900-SHOW (7469) or 1-304-725-4420 or go to

Cast and crew for "Proof"

Cast: Dana Young as Robert: Lauren Riley as Catherine: Richard Anthony as Hal: Sandra DeRocha as Claire

Crew members: Director Michael J. Saunders, Richard Ayres, Susie Willingham, Jamie Willingham, John Bloomquist, Bruce Olson, Holly Robinson, Debby Cooper, Richard Anthony, Sandra DeRocha, Dana Young, Will Heyser, Tom Ballard, Roxanne Chase and members of the Old Opera House Theatre Guild.

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